India slams Pakistan for refusal to join meeting to discuss locust menace

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published Published on Jun 19, 2020   modified Modified on Jun 19, 2020


* India has already delivered 20,000 litres of pesticide to Iran for desert locust operations

* India had proposed to Pakistan and Iran for a coordinated approach in dealing with the alarming threat of fast-increasing desert locusts in the region

NEW DELHI: Pakistan refused to join a technical-level meeting with India to discuss the issue of locust menace, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday, slamming Islamabad for showing "reticent attitude" even when its own people face a threat of food security.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that in May India had taken the initiative of giving a call for intensifying contacts between locust warning organisations of the two countries. These contacts have been taking place over the last 60 years, he said.

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PTI/, 19 June, 2020,

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